Young Children’s Participation in Homeschooling During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Reflective Case Study From England

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Advocacy for child participation has been enhanced by the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (1989). The UNCRC as a
legislative mechanism for countries to implement children’s rights to
participation is not without problems as argued by many. Children’s agency
is crucial in enhancing their participation but agency itself cannot guarantee
participation as child participation is relational and intersects with the
institutional, social, cultural, economic and political landscapes. This is
greatly reflected during the coronavirus pandemic when children have played
a big part in tackling the national and global crises by showing their resilience,
sympathy and willingness in fitting into the unprecedented ways of life
and schooling.

This chapter uses a reflective case study to explore the intersection
between agency of children and factors that facilitate and also challenge
children’s participation in homeschooling practices during the COVID-19
pandemic in England. The reflective case study reveals that agency of young
children’s participation in homeschooling was constrained by the pandemic,
which also triggered off possibilities for children alongside family members
to interpret learning differently and translate homeschooling practices via
creative engagement with learning resources and pedagogical approaches.
The reflective case study also tells a family narrative about children’s
participation in homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic as a journey
with a prime focus on holistic learning and well-being by addressing the key
role of play, friendship and connection with nature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEstablishing Child Centred Practice in a Changing World, Part B
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN: 978-1-80455-940-6
ISBN (Print)ISBN: 978-1-80455-941-3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2023


  • Child participation, agency, decision-making, homeschooling, well-being, play, friendship, connection with nature, reflective case study

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